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Re: kay bass tuning machine key

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Posted by Hans Halt ( on September 09, 2002 at 17:21:25:

In Reply to: Re: kay bass tuning machine key posted by Bob Gollihur on September 09, 2002 at 16:54:16:


I do have a call into a local luthier. His shop is a disaster, so it might take him awhile to sort through, but he thinks he might have one. I wasn't sure if those u-brackets came off, so that is good news.

A word of advice:if you bend a tuner, don't try and bend it back, especially on a kay!

: : I recently snapped off the shaft of my D tuning machine head on my kay bass. it is a 1952 C1 model. Anyone out there know where I can get a replacement? Is it even possible to replace just the tuning shaft and key without replacing the whole plate?

: : Thanks!

: : Hans

: I would suggest visiting a local luthier and ask that he go through his junk box for a similar tuner- the Klusons and similar models used by Kay are in wide use.

: The cloverleaf broke off one of my tuners, so I faced a similar challenge, and that's what I did, scrounged a half broken tuner plate from a luthier friend, gently pried the two U-shaped pieces holding the shaft in place, and installed the new one.

: That's what I'd suggest.

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